JCCC ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT PRESENTS
EVENING WITH THE STARS
“Year of the Dwarf Planets”
Saturday, April 25th, 8:00 pm
Craig Auditorium – GEB 233
This year, the two largest Sun-orbiting bodies outside of the eight major planets, will be visited for the first time by our robotic explorers. The DAWN spacecraft is moving into its final orbit around Ceres, the largest asteroid, and the New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto, the first known Kuiper Belt Object, this summer. Both spacecraft have sent back images and data on their targets and we will look at the new discoveries made by these two missions and how they’ve changed how we view small bodies in our Solar System.
Following the presentation, and provided the skies are clear, we will go to the Paul Tebbe Observatory on the roof of the Classroom and Laboratory Building (CLB) to view the night sky through a variety of telescopes. Some of the visible objects we will be able to observe are:
- The Moon
- The Orion Nebula
- The Pleiades
- M3 Globular Cluster
For more information about Evening with the Stars or our astronomy program at JCCC, please contact one of our astronomers:
Due to the demand for this course, we have opened another section of our online astronomy course (ASTR 120). The CRN for the course is 83922. Hurry, because it is likely to fill fast. Tell your friends!
The Johnson County Community College
Astronomy Department Presents our Spring 2014
Evening with the Stars!
“The Black Hole Conundrum”
This spring, JCCC’s Professor William Koch presents some of the latest thinking about black holes. These theoretical testing grounds are forcing physicists to rethink some of our most fundamental principles of physics, principles that form the very foundation of our understanding of the universe.
After the talk, and weather permitting, several telescopes will be set up to observe the night sky at the Paul Tebbe Observatory, on the roof of CLB. Some objects of note that will be viewable are:
- The Orion Nebula
- The Beehive Cluster
- The Moon
WHEN: April 5, 2014, at 8:00pm
WHERE: The Craig Auditorium, GEB 233
For more information, contact either Doug Patterson, email@example.com, at (913) 469-8500 x4268, or William Koch, firstname.lastname@example.org, at (913) 469-8500.
Photographer and amateur astronomer, Tom Martinez, will share his images, techniques and love for astrophotography.
Following the talk, weather permitting, Professors Doug Patterson and Bill Koch will host an observation of the night sky at the Paul Tebbe Observatory atop of CLB. Visible objects include: the Moon; Jupiter; the Orion Nebula; the Beehive Cluster.
When: April 20, 2013, at 8:00pm
Where: The Craig Auditorium, GEB 233
Tom’s early, self taught, darkroom work and portfolio of prints was enough to get him a job with the Hallmark Cards Photo Lab, where he honed his craft and learned from Hallmarks best photographers. Tom’s love of astronomy merged with photography perfectly when he joined the Astronomical Society of Kansas City in 1978. In the past 35 years he has served the club as vice president, president, newsletter editor and currently ASKC historian.
Digital cameras, CCD astrographs, telescopes and the night sky now keep him busy after retiring from Hallmark Cards in 2006. Tom’s astrophotos have been published in various astronomy magazines here in the USA and abroad.
- William Koch, (913) 469-8500 Ext. 3725